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Top Dog Interview – Malchik, A Sochi Dog Rescue Story

Malchik in grass

Malchik is one of the dogs saved from the 2014 Sochi Olympics in Russia. He’s approximately 3.5 years old, according to his DNA test he is a Whippet-Beagle-Dalmation-German Shepherd-Mixed Breed mix and lives in North Carolina with another shelter dog named Finn. It took a day for him to travel from Sochi to Moscow and then he flew from Moscow to Dulles, Virginia. He’s been traveling ever since! He gets to go to work some days, he’s been to 9 states plus the District of Columbia in just over a year, and wants to have his story help other dogs in need. He’s a little 30 pound dynamo with lots to do! (Though he might get distracted by a squeaky toy from time to time)…

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How To Adopt A Dog

Dog in cage

You’re considering adopting a dog! And you are taking the time to research how to care for it before you’ve even adopted – way to go! We couldn’t be more pleased with your decision. There are many dogs in shelters just waiting for great homes like yours to call their own. Dog adoption is a fun experience but you also have many things to consider, like the age of dog you’re going to adopt. We’ll tell you what to expect for each age group to help you make your dog adoption experience a successful one full of love and joy…

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What Are The Signs Of Cancer In Dogs?

Signs of cancer in dogs

My wife and I have a dog, and I know the last thing in the world she wants to think about is our pup ever getting cancer. The thought of cancer can be so upsetiing to us that we can blind ourselves and look the other way when it comes to our dogs’ health. Sometimes the warning signs are obvious like large growths on the outside of their bodies. Other times, cancers can show up in unexpected ways. Read more to learn some of the warning signs of cancer in dogs…

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Top Dog Interview with Max and Minnie the Pugs

Minnie and Max the Pugs

Max and Minnie the Pugs are sister and brother, litter mates and best friends. They are probably best known for their viral video The Pug Head Tilt (check it out below!), which has been featured on The Tonight Show, Ellen, Regis & Kelly, Good Morning America and Animal Planet’s “America’s Cutest Dog,” among others. Learn more straight from the pups’ barks as we get up close and personal to the lively heads known as Max and Minnie ion our exclusive Top Dog interview…

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Torn ACL In Dogs 

Torn ACL in Dogs

The term ACL stands for Anterior Cruciate Ligament, and it is one (of many) things humans and dogs share. And just like humans, ACL tears are some of the most common types of orthopedic injuries that happen to dogs. Ligaments act like rubber bands that connect the bones in our bodies and help to stabilize our legs when we walk, run, change direction or even stand up or sit down. With the right amount of pressure, ligaments can tear. One of the most serious and common tears occurs in the knees, which is where the ACL is located. ACL tears in dogs are extremely painful, and if they are not treated correctly, can permanently affect your dog’s ability to run or even walk…

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Top Dog Interview With Sir Charles Barkley the Dog

Sir Charles Barkley Dog

Sir Charles Barkley is a 3 year old French bulldog representing Seattle, Washington. We started his Instagram account just for fun when he was just a couple weeks old and never in our wildest dreams imagined him gaining such a following. He enjoys snorting, eating, kicking grass, back rubs, taking naps and playing with his many toys. But, there’s a lot more to this basketball-loving pup and we got to know him better in this exclusive Top Dog Interview with Canine Journal…

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Dog Liability Insurance: Afraid Your Dog Will Bite Your Neighbor?

Toddler Petting Dog

Have you ever sat down to think about the liability involved in owning your sweet, friendly dog? You go out of your way to be a good dog owner. You provide a large fenced-in backyard, premium food, regular vet check-ups, daily exercise, and delicious treats. But is that enough responsibility as a dog owner? What would happen if one day the neighborhood children decide to visit your dog while you’re away at work? Imagine they decide to “play” with him by poking a stick between the fence pickets repeatedly until your dog has had enough. Then one of them wants to pet him. What if he snaps and bites the child? You’re responsible. As a dog owner you are legally responsible when your pet does something that harms another person. This doesn’t end at biting someone. You could still be held responsible if your dog became too excited and jumped on someone knocking them down and injuring them, or even decided to chase Sally on her bike until he causes an accident…

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Why Do Dogs Growl When Playing?

2 dogs fighting: Why Do Dogs Growl When Playing?

If you’ve spent any time at the dog park, there is no doubt that you’ve seen lots of dogs of all different types and sizes playing. Some play rough, some gently and some, well, they just don’t even care about the other dogs (why hang out with dogs when the people have nothing better to do than give out rubs?). Often they chase each other, wrestle, or even growl at one another. But, how do you know when the play is escalating to aggression? And why do dogs growl when playing?

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Hector and Wallace: Pit Bulls Rescued From Michael Vick And Euthanasia

Hector and Wallace: Pit Bulls Rescued From Michael Vick And Euthanasia

In 2004 Wallace the pitbull was saved from near death at an animal shelter. His breed and high energy level were deemed a dangerous combination and put him on the fast track towards euthanasia. In 2007 Hector was one among many pit bulls saved from NFL football star Michael Vick’s dog-fighting ring in Virginia. Both of these dogs were lucky enough to find people to accept them for who they were and in spite of their past to recognize the big hearts inside and adopt them into their forever homes. Learn more in the exclusive Canine Journal interview…

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